The 1/4-scale Fiat C.R. 32, scratch-built by Larry Botsford, makes a
flyby at the 2013 Scale Nats.
AMA’s Plans Service is Invaluable
AMA’s Greg Prater has a huge job
in the back of the National Model
Aviation Museum at AMA Headquarters
in Muncie, Indiana. With more than
18,000 sets of plans—many of which are
stored electronically—there is a wealth
of information for modelers from every
facet of aeromodeling.
Greg knows the plans and can help
you find ones that might suit your needs.
He can also enlarge or reduce plans to
the size needed, and in some cases, can
send copies of the original magazine
article. Check it out, and if you have a
question, ask Greg. I’m sure he can help
I recently had a set of plans with
only one wing panel included on the
drawings. Greg enlarged the plans and
made a mirror image of the wing for the
left wing panel.
One of the plans service
catalogs is the John Pond “Old
Time Plans Service” catalog,
which includes Scale models
from FF Peanut to Giant
Scale for gas engines. Are you
looking for a set of Old-Timer
plans? AMA has them. CL
Scale plans also are available.
Love the plans but not the
size? Greg can fix that.
Let’s say that you have a
biplane that you like but want
to build in a larger size. If
you take the wingspan of the
full-scale aircraft and divide
This is a close-up of the many struts and details of the forward section of the Fiat C. R. 32. Its unique
color scheme makes it stand out.
111 Model Aviation APRIL 2014